'''Publius Ovidius Naso''' (; 20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as '''Ovid''' ()
[''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary'': "Ovid"]
in the English language|English
-speaking world, was a Augustan literature (ancient Rome)|Roman poet
who lived during the reign of Augustus
. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil
with whom he is often ranked as one of the three Western canon|canonical
poets of Latin literature
. The Roman Empire|Imperial
considered him the last of the Latin love elegists.
[Quint. ''Inst.'' 10.1.93]
He enjoyed enormous popularity, but, in one of the mysteries of literary history, he was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea
, where he remained until his death. Ovid himself attributes Exile of Ovid|his exile
to ''carmen et error'', "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in...